No-bake, No-churn Hazelnut Mocha Ice Cream Pie 4


hazelnut mocha nutella pieWe all have that one go-to dessert. The one that is ridiculously easy to make, but looks and tastes beautifully complex. The one we can whip up with minimal effort, the recipe etched in our minds; all we have to do is go through the motions.

Which we frantically do when we get that phone call text saying “Heyy! Guess what, I’m that friend/relative you totally adore (and maybe secretly detest) and surpriiiise! I’m in town and I’m coming over for dinner tonight, I’ve heard SO much about your cooking, can’t wait to see ya! xo.” You have no choice but to impress. Your reputation is at stake.

Now the friend is here, you’ve gossiped over the meal, and then the inevitable comment comes up, “This country is pretty and all, but it’s SO hot ugh!”

To which you reply with a beautiful, creamy Hazelnut Mocha Ice Cream Pie. The friend is now left stunned by your culinary brilliance.

What your friend doesn’t need to know, is the absolute ease with which even the most basic cook can whip up this little frozen treat. And once you have the basics of this recipe down, you can create your own flavor combination flawlessly.

The first thing you need to do is prepare the crust. You can use your preferred biscuit crust, but we recommend that you use the McVities Vanilla Cream sandwich cookies. The cream helps soften the biscuit, and adds a subtle sweetness that goes really mcvities pie crustwell with the other flavors. If not, use plain digestives, the texture of the biscuit is perfect for this pie. Crush one packet of these in a food processor (or about 10 pieces of your preferred ones). Add 1/4 cup of softened butter and mix well. Here, you have to make a call about how to serve the pie. Either use a springform baking tin for a full pie, or make individual dessert cups (pictured right). Both work wonderfully.

Once the crust is assembled, let it set in the fridge for about half an hour. In the meantime, make your ice cream filling. Use 1 and a half packets of Dream Whip to make fluffy whipped cream (don’t use heavy whipping cream). Add 1 cup (one 240g jar) of softened cream cheese and 1 tsp of vanilla essence. Whisk until smooth.

Separate the mixture equally into two bowls. To one bowl, add 1/2 cup of Nutella and whisk. Taste and add more Nutella if you’d like a stronger chocolate flavor. Add a handful of chopped hazelnuts and fold in.

Mix 1 tsp of instant coffee with 1/2 tsp of water, until dissolved. Add it to the other half of the cream mixture, along with 2 tbsp of sugar. Whisk, taste and adjust the intensity of the coffee flavor as preferred.

Pour the coffee mixture on the pie crust (or divide equally in the individual cups), which should have set by now. Place it in the freezer for at least an hour until set. Once set, add the Nutella mixture and place in the freezer for at least 3-4 hours (or overnight, if you have time).

The pie is best served frozen. The ice creamy formation is a bit like soft serve, which means that it will melt fast. You can serve it refrigerated, but the texture will be a bit like mousse. The frozen version tastes much, much better.

You can decorate the top as you like. In the past, we have sometimes saved a little bit of the whipped cream for decoration. Or a little coffee infused chocolate drizzle & some more chopped hazelnuts complement it well.

Tip: if you’re not a fan of coffee, don’t divide the cream mixture, just increase the Nutella to 1 cup and you will have a frozen Nutella ice cream pie. 

Here is the coherent (and less rambling) recipe:

Hazelnut Mocha Ice Cream Pie
Print Recipe
This pie is no-bake, no-churn, but all the yums.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 mins
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 mins
Cook Time
3 hours
Hazelnut Mocha Ice Cream Pie
Print Recipe
This pie is no-bake, no-churn, but all the yums.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 mins
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 mins
Cook Time
3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Crush the packet of biscuits in a food processor. Add softened butter and mix until combined. Form a pie crust and place in the fridge to allow it to set.
  2. Prepare Dream Whip as per instructions at the back (add milk & vanilla essence and whisk). Add the cream cheese and 1 tsp vanilla essence and whisk until combined.
  3. Divide cream mixture into two equal bowls. In one bowl add 1 tsp of instant coffee dissolved in water. Add the sugar. Whisk until combined. Adjust the intensity of the coffee flavor as preferred.
  4. In the other bowl, add 1/2 cup of Nutella and whisk until combined. Add more Nutella if preferred. Add chopped hazelnuts and fold in (optional).
  5. Pour coffee mixture into the pie, and let it set for an hour in the freezer. Add the Nutella mixture and freeze for atleast 3-4 hours. Serve frozen.
Recipe Notes

Products used for this recipe (if not mentioned already):

Butter - Lurpak unsalted

Milk - Al Rawabi Full Cream

Softened Cream Cheese - Al Marai (can use either low fat/regular)

Instant Coffee - Nescafe Gold

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4 thoughts on “No-bake, No-churn Hazelnut Mocha Ice Cream Pie

    • nomsville Post author

      Wow yours looks so easy! Need to try it out. I had no idea btw that fresh cream could be whipped, that’s brilliant. Love the taste of fresh cream.

    • nomsville Post author

      Thanks Lavina! Dream Whip is sweeter and more vanilla-ey than heavy whipping cream, so you don’t really need to add sugar when using it. And the texture is also really light and fluffy, while the other one is more dense. If you’re talking about the ready spray cans, it’s too expensive for the amount you need. Hope that helps!